13 Colorful Ceramic Plates to Jazz Up Your Summer Table

I am one of those people who believes in using white dinner plates. Mine are some of my favorite objects I own, a mix of the inexpensive hand-me-down set that I got at a castoffs giveaway at work years ago and my great aunt’s sturdy, vintage ironstone …

I am one of those people who believes in using white dinner plates. Mine are some of my favorite objects I own, a mix of the inexpensive hand-me-down set that I got at a castoffs giveaway at work years ago and my great aunt’s sturdy, vintage ironstone that I recently inherited. They’re white ceramic and incredibly simple, but, like little blank canvases, they make whatever’s on them look good (even if I’m having cheese and crackers for dinner for the third night in a row). Whenever I set the table with them—even if that’s plonking two plates and a couple of forks down—they somehow make the whole thing look crisp and put together. I’ve never considered straying.

Yet lately I’ve been wondering if it’s time to set them aside—just for a minute—in favor of bold, colorful, playful ceramic dinner plates. There are so many out there at the moment, in surprising two-tone palettes, vibrant hues, and bold patterns, by independent ceramicists and well-known retailers alike. Many of them are hand-painted or glazed. And I recognize they add a certain sense of joy and levity to the tabletop that white plates just can’t.

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9 Tricks to Hide Your TV in Plain Sight

During quarantine, I’ve been nostalgic for the movie nights of years past. Now, watching a movie just means closing email tabs at the end of the day and opening up another tab for Netflix. But back in the day, a movie night was a thing. It was an event…

During quarantine, I’ve been nostalgic for the movie nights of years past. Now, watching a movie just means closing email tabs at the end of the day and opening up another tab for Netflix. But back in the day, a movie night was a thing. It was an event. It required some intentionality and planning: driving to the movie store on a Friday night, carefully selecting one (or three), then driving home, grabbing the popcorn, putting the VHS in the VCR (rewinding it all the way to the beginning, if the people who had it before you weren’t kind enough to do it!), then picking a spot on the couch and settling in for the next two hours. There was excitement around it. It makes me want to bring back Blockbuster.

For now, I’ve transitioned from unceremoniously watching on my tiny laptop screen to streaming movies on a regular TV screen for more of a movie-night event. The only problem? I don’t exactly love the look of a TV in the living room (or bedroom, for that matter). And having it visible all the time makes yet another screen more central to our daily life indoors. The solution? Covering it up—attractively—when it’s not in use.

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Why a Backyard Stock Tank Pool Is a Very Good Idea

Unless you have a huge backyard, significant funds (seriously—thousands or tens of thousands of dollars), and the time to keep it pristine, installing a pool is not achievable. At least, that’s what my parents told me growing up, every time I wished fo…

Unless you have a huge backyard, significant funds (seriously—thousands or tens of thousands of dollars), and the time to keep it pristine, installing a pool is not achievable. At least, that’s what my parents told me growing up, every time I wished for one on a hot summer day. For the pool-less like us however, there were other creative, pack-it-away-when-you’re-done means of keeping cool that were, let’s say, more nostalgic (and fun): slip-n-slides, kiddie pools, the good old sprinkler.

Lately, though, everywhere I look, I’ve been seeing another alternative that’s a little closer to the real thing: stock tank pools. First, there was one on the Instagram story of a friend, charmingly set onto a patio with fairy lights strung above. Then a second. And a third.

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The IKEA Product That Sells Every 5 Seconds

By the time you read this sentence, IKEA has probably sold another one of these to someone, somewhere in the world. And by the time you’ve read this one, they’ve probably sold another.

No, it’s not their ingenious lamp with a built-in speaker or their…

By the time you read this sentence, IKEA has probably sold another one of these to someone, somewhere in the world. And by the time you’ve read this one, they’ve probably sold another.

No, it’s not their ingenious lamp with a built-in speaker or their surprisingly amazing meatballs (though probably those, too). It’s the Billy bookcase, an IKEA design classic. With adjustable shelves and the ability to stack (when properly and safely anchored to the wall), the various bookshelves in the Billy collection have become must-have staples, flying off those super high IKEA shelves since the first version launched in 1979.

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9 Tiny Patios That Feel Like An Oasis

Did you know there’s a whole green world of teeny-tiny, only-a-few-square-feet patios (and balconies and terraces) out there? And you don’t even need to have one to feel rejuvenated by their verdant charm. I can attest. I recently spent a whole afterno…

Did you know there’s a whole green world of teeny-tiny, only-a-few-square-feet patios (and balconies and terraces) out there? And you don’t even need to have one to feel rejuvenated by their verdant charm. I can attest. I recently spent a whole afternoon scrolling through little green spaces on Instagram. A quick search for the hashtags #pocketpatio, #tinybalcony, or #tinypatio, and my feed was suddenly green and grown-over with leaves and tiny budding flowers—here or there, a little wrought-iron chair or mini table barely visible behind trailing vines...with just enough space for a morning cup of coffee.

A wedge of outdoor space feels more important than ever these days. Each of these tiny outdoor spots is no bigger than a postage stamp—some are just big enough for one person to stand in—but, with some creativity, they offer plenty of space to grow a few herbs, flowers, tomatoes, and leafy plants on railings and floors and walls, in pots and from hooks.

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9 Home Office Setups That Make WFH Sort of…Lovely

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


If you’re like many of us on the Home52 team, you don’t have the luxury of a dedicated room that can serve as your home office. Maybe right now your workspace is a corner of your couch, or your nightstand, or a stack of books on top of a radiator, or a skinny stretch next to the kitchen sink. Whatever works! Still, we’d venture that chiseling out a designated workspace, no matter how tiny, no matter where you can squeeze it in—even a corner of the bedroom or a literal closet—makes a difference. It helps to have a space that’s organized, thoughtful, creative, and beautiful to spend your days in, too.

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My Bedroom Needed a Refresh on a $100 Budget. IKEA Delivered.

Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We’re taking our love for all things home and bringing it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.

I a…

Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We’re taking our love for all things home and bringing it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.


I am the worst at making design decisions for my own apartment.

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Yes, You Can Get a Brand New Sofa for Under $500

Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We’re taking our love for all things home and bringing it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.

Bac…

Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We're taking our love for all things home and bringing it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.


Back when I was couch-less, I put off getting one, partly because, okay, I didn’t have much space, but mostly because I didn’t have the budget. At some retailers, even couches of questionable quality seemed to hover somewhere around $2,000, and high-end ones soared to four times that. Who can afford that kind of commitment? Not me. Getting a couch was an insurmountable financial hurdle, so I just made do without, offering guests a seat on one of my stackable plywood stools and working from my bed.

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I Only Have One Kitchen Drawer—& I’m Determined to Make It Work

There are many quirks about the apartment that my boyfriend and I moved into exactly one year ago. For one thing, the building is so old that the floor on one side of the living room is seven-and-a-half inches lower than it is on the other (we measured…

There are many quirks about the apartment that my boyfriend and I moved into exactly one year ago. For one thing, the building is so old that the floor on one side of the living room is seven-and-a-half inches lower than it is on the other (we measured). It literally feels like you’re strolling downhill when you walk from the couch to the table. And then there’s the shower in our kitchen. So sometimes I forget about a slightly less eccentric feature that, in any other house, might be a big deal, but for us seems pretty unremarkable compared to the fridge-adjacent shower and leaning living area. (Not to mention that we live in a city where tiny, funny apartments come with the territory.) Here’s what it is: We only have one kitchen drawer.

See? It doesn’t seem like a big deal. At least we have one! But, along with squeezing plates, bowls, pots, pans, cookie sheets, canned goods, dry goods, storage containers, and cleaning supplies into a handful of cabinets, this means we have to fit everything that would otherwise be separated into multiple drawers into one 18-by-22-inch pull-out. That includes forks, knives, spoons, spatulas, wine openers, cookie cutters, coasters, aluminum foil, parchment paper, can openers, chopsticks, and all kinds of other odds and ends.

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3 Small Cleaning Projects You Can Do Now for *Big* Payoffs Later

Big resolutions are overrated. This year, we’re all about highly doable improvements we can pull off any day. In Small Change, Big Impact, we’re making tiny tweaks and sharing the results. Follow along, join in, and let us know what other small changes…

Big resolutions are overrated. This year, we’re all about highly doable improvements we can pull off any day. In Small Change, Big Impact, we're making tiny tweaks and sharing the results. Follow along, join in, and let us know what other small changes you’re making this year.


Everybody has that one tiny thing that, irrationally, makes them feel like a mess. For me, it’s having jagged nails. I could be doing pretty okay, actually—getting things done, checking things off the list. I could even be wearing really nice clothes. But with crooked, unkempt nails I feel like a heathen who hasn’t showered in days. Then I spend two minutes with a nail file—nothing fancy, just a rapid-fire file—and I feel instantly neater, put together, like I could slay an important presentation or put on a backless dress or something.

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